In 1790 it was renamed Oranjestad Aruba's capital, Oranjestad, because this has a deeper channel for larger ships than the previous capital. Oranjestad therefore has the transit port of Aruba. Almost all goods coming through the port of Oranjestad in from South America, the Netherlands and the United States.more
As the largest city of Oranjestad Aruba, it has an important status for its inhabitants. In Oranjestad, the major supermarkets on the island and established the great messages to everyone in the capital. Besides the great boutiques Oranjestad also a handful of shopping centers, aimed at premises and tourists (mostly cruise tourists). The main and...more
Sailors aside, how many of you can claim that you have been on a submarine? Probably not too many so this is your chance! Atlantis offers a submarine tour of the waters. You first get picked up at the dock and take a boat ride to deeper waters where you transfer onto the submarine. Yes, you transfer right in mid-water. But don't worry, they dock...more
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On the second night of our trip, I was in the mood for seafood, but unfortunately, most of the seafood restaurants we looked up had no vegetarian options (or limited) for Elisabeth. We then stumbled upon the name of Sushi Ya, located in the Renaissance Marketplace. Sushi immediately appealed to both of us so off we went. At first, we were a bit put...more
On a whim, we stopped to watch this guy cutting up coconuts for the locals and the tourists and putting on quite a show! He had all sorts of flavors available for drinks. After watching a woman stop just for a cup of coconut milk, I decided to ask whether he could make a coconut milkshake--made from fresh coconut. Well, of course!!! It was pure...more
This is a new restaurant right next door to Senor Frog's. It's very close to the pier. In fact, you can look out their front door and see all of the cruise ships! (see pic) It's very pretty inside and the women running it were terrific!! Very friendly, helpful, great service. This was part 2 of our search for local food. I decided to try some...more
We stopped at Turtle Cove and their menu looked wonderful, however we were on a hunt for local foods. The staff at Turtle Cove was very nice and directed us to a little place right behind them so that we could try a pastechi. To get to this restaurant, go right underneath the Turtle Cove restaurant. You will see the bus stop directly in front of...more
On our last night, we decided to skip the fancy restaurant we had made reservations for and opted to go to "the Villa" because they had apfelstruedel (apple struedel) which Elisabeth wanted. The service was certainly friendly, and the food good. The restaurant itself looked nice inside, but the patio seating wasn't as comfortable. The restaurant...more
Take the bus around parts of Aruba. The main depot is in Oranjestad and there are maps and bulletin boards to tell you how to get to places. Cost is $2US (2005 prices). You just hand the cash over to the driver. No fare box. He even gives change if necessary. Then go through the turnstyle, take a seat and hold on. The bus drivers are crazy. On our...more
Busses run frequently between the resort district in Palm Beach and Eagle Beach to the Central Bus Station in Oranjestad. The bus transportation system is good, the busses are brand new, comfortable and mostly airconditioned. A return ticket Oranjestad Resort district will cost you $1,75. The bus will take 10 minutes from the resort district to...more
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If you're in Aruba on a Sunday, it's worth the time to attend services at the Dutch Protestant Church (The Protestant Church Community of Aruba). The church itself was built in 1822, but the cultural aspect is that services are conducted (mainly) in Dutch, with an English translation insert in the program. Just keep in mind that the church has no air conditioning.
Most visitors miss the museums the city has to offer. Pay a visit to the Museum of foreign currency. In which you would find currencies from every country in the World since the beginning of mankind.
The Museum of foreign currency is located next to the University of Aruba near the St. Francis Roman Catholic Church of Oranjestad.
Oranjestad Wilhelmina park is very well kept it is an oasis of green in the city downtown core. The park was named after the beloved Queen Wilhelmina of The Netherlands and her statue could be seen in the park.
Wilhelmina park is a peaceful place, you would see a few people jogging, some children playing and other just reading or talking in a peaceful environment.
The park is located near the Aruba Rennaissance Suites in downtown.